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September 26, 2012
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Community Briefs - Sept. 27, 2012

Colorado Mountain College in Rifle and Chevron kick off the third year of free PBS Community Cinema screenings on Sept. 28 with "Half the Sky," the story of turning oppression into opportunity for women throughout the world.

The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality - which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds - present the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change.

"Half the Sky," based on the best-selling book by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Pulitzer prize-winning author Sheryl WuDunn, was filmed in 10 countries. It follows celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals.

"Half the Sky" will be shown at 7 p.m. in Colorado Mountain College's Clough Auditorium, 3695 Airport Road, Rifle, followed by a brief discussion and complimentary refreshments. For more information, call 625-1871.

ACCESS Roaring Fork will offer "Second Shift" after-school classes in Rifle and Riverside Middle Schools starting Oct. 15.

Classes are enriching, supportive, fun and affordable. Look for forms sent home with students by Friday, Sept. 28. Forms are due back to school by Tuesday, Oct. 2. For more details or to download a registration form, visit and click on "Programs." Contact ACCESS at 963-4402 or

Help the family of Warren Dodo celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Lakota Canyon Recreation Center, 151 Clubhouse Drive, New Castle. No gifts, please. Call Scot for more information, 876-5111.

All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Monday, Oct. 1, for a staff training day. Normal library hours will resume at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2. You can still browse and request books, movies, and more online at during the closure.

The South Side Conservation District and the Colorado Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative will sponsor a workshop on tamarisk control at the Silt Fire Station, 611 Main St., on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.

The workshop will discuss the benefits and improvements when a landowner removes tamarisk and creates better grazing, wildlife habitat and improved values of the land and landscape.

Speakers will discuss the various improvements to grazing lands when tamarisk is removed. Steve Jaouen, Natural Resources Conservation Service rangeland management specialist, will discuss reclamation, the potential of increased production of vegetation, and erosion control.

Eric Brynildson will provide a landowner's view of his goals and how those are being met. A Colorado Parks and Wildlife official will discuss the expected improvement for wildlife habitat, and Garfield County Vegetation Management Director Steve Anthony will talk about the control of tamarisk, weed invasion, and reclamation of treated sites.

For more information, call 945-5494, ext. 105.

Get your teens and preteens (ages 10-18) vaccinated at the Grand River Medical Clinic on Friday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No appointment necessary.

The best offense is a good defense, and immunizations can prevent serious illness. Preteens and teens are also vulnerable to other diseases as they age, like meningitis, hepatitis A and human papilloma virus. As children grow older, some of their childhood vaccines begin to lose their effectiveness.

For more information and costs of the vaccines, call 625-1100. Flu shots will also be available at Grand River Hospital, 501 Airport Road in Rifle.

The Silt Branch Library will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. Special guest speakers will start the day, followed by a ribbon cutting, refreshments, giveaways, and live music with the Mountain Smuggler Boys.

The new library is more than three times larger than the old library and features a large meeting room, two study rooms, unique children's and teen spaces, a designated

computer area, a cozy reading area with a fireplace, a plaza for outdoor reading and events, and almost 4,000 new library items.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, the Rifle Branch Library will host an exhibition, "The Bonfire of Liberties: Censorship of the Humanities," through Oct. 15.

"The Bonfire of Liberties" gives an overview of censorship in its various guises over time. The exhibition also examines the struggle between those who want to censor difficult, controversial and revolutionary material from sensitive viewers and those who want to protect the freedoms of all people to read, view and think for themselves.

Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982.

The Silt Branch Library is one of 150 libraries nationwide to host "Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War."

This five-part reading and discussion series will be held every Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., from Oct. 13 through Nov. 17. (No program will be held on Oct. 20).

Sarah Swedberg, associate professor of American History at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, will provide background lectures and will lead the conversations on selected readings.

All participants will receive a free ticket to watch "Lincoln" at Rifle's Brenden Theatre. This Steven Spielberg blockbuster opens Nov. 16.

Participants must pre-register to participate by going online at or calling the library at 876-5500. This discussion series is limited to 25. After registering, participants can pick up the program packet at the Silt or Rifle Branch Libraries. (The current Silt Branch Library will close on Sept. 10 and reopen in the adjacent new library facility on Oct. 6).

This series was developed by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support provided by the Colorado Humanities Council.

Rifle Fireside Lanes will host a fall U.S. Bowling Council Youth League at 11 a.m. every Saturday, starting Oct. 13. Youth from first grade through 22 years of age (must be enrolled in college) are welcome. Trophies, pins, scholarships and more awarded. Cost is $6 per youth, includes shoes. Call 625-2231 or drop by 0023 Colorado Highway 325 to sign up.

Coal Ridge High School held their academic letter assembly for students who earned an academic letter during the 2011-12 school year. To do so, a student must maintain a 3.5 grade point average in each semester and have taken four solid academic courses each semester from among English, Math Science, Social Studies, Business, Foreign Language, College Coursework, three credits or more.

The following students earned an academic letter for the 2011/12:

10th GRADE

Riley Shaw Bolitho, Shelby Paige Cerise, Laura Valerie Harju, Graham Benjamin Leavitt, Mariela Lucia Martinez, Tiffani Lovita Moreno, Alondra Murillo, Luke Anthony Pagni, Melissa Mae Steinbach, Olivia Rose Wernsman, Frederica Ann Young, Katie May Barner, Holly Brooke Keesee, Kellie Danielle Larsen, Molly Josephine Mello, Bryce Joseph Elmer Roberts, Kelsey Lynn Disher, Jaeda Kaeleigh Lynn Reeves, Bailey Elizabeth Davis, Kyrie Jade Foreman, Madison Rae Lund, Jesse Allen Crawford, Brandon Russell Dee Gray, Leah Veronica Kanakaraj, Tyler Matthew Sheerin, Ashleigh Morgan Tucker, Nina Isabella Vitari, William Stanley Kutnicki, Kathryn Katelynn Mae Senor, Ryan Logan Slone.

11th GRADE

Jalyn Julianna Carlson, Hannah O'Shea Hogan, Sarah Ashley King, Elizabeth Jordon Stump-Moses, Jorge Vazquez-Gonzalez, Jenifer Garcia Esquivel, Emma Ashley Speer, James Patrick Valenteen, Courtney Mary Reece, Amanda Christina Wenzel.

12th GRADE

Benjamin Robert Harju, Morgan Taylor Groves, Dakotah Andrew Howard Snode, Gunnar James Pagni, Kaylee Ann Peterson, Bo Matthew Morris, Marco Antonio Hernandez, Rebecca Anne Mitchell, Michael Anthony Moncera Niederkorn, Tzetzi Ximena Mendez, Kelsey Marie Fauser, Cassidy Louise Blackard, Casey Jordan Goldade, Ana Karen Hernandez-Gonzalez, Diamond Jacqueline Koerner, Emily Rose VanDevender, Cindy Yudith Fabela, Miranda Marisa Romero-Ruiz.

Susan Nichols-Alvis, owner of the Nichols Insurance Agency in Rifle since 2003, has been elected to serve on the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors through 2015.

Nichols-Alvis is a member of the chamber finance committee and is co-facilitator of the government affairs committee. President of the Rifle Lions Club and the White River Trail Runners ATV Club, Nichols-Alvis said she is passionate about the Rifle Chamber and its support of local businesses and non-profits.

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking volunteer area representatives.

ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world. Students are 15 -18 years old and have passed a series of academic and character requirements.

Area representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community. Compensation is based on the number of students supervised.

For more information, call 1-800-733-2773 or email

Julie Dodo is no longer working in Carbondale. She will continue to work Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at Creekside Salon and Day Spa, 386 Main St. in New Castle, as she has for the last eight years. Julie Dodo can be reached at 984-3625 or 274-8022.

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